I wrote a letter to a local paper six months …

Comment on Are fire vandals the only ones to blame for the state of the river? by Geoff Kenna.

I wrote a letter to a local paper six months ago and predicted the destruction of many of the trees in the river and its environs because the “responsible authorities” were doing nothing. Unfortunately many trees have been destroyed along a long stretch of the river.The federal government recently announced 50 new ranger places for the NT to be trained in Certifictate 3 Conservation and Land Management and care for the country. Surely a ranger group consisting of say 10 local unemployed indigenous people could be employed and trained to work on a program of caring for the river and other important sites in the Alice Springs area. It has imense benefits for the community and the environment. Funding should be allocated and work begin to stop the fires, weeds and erosion.

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